A mother criticized her daughter’s high school for making pupils wear jackets during a heat wave.
Although this week saw the hottest day of the year yet, the mom says her kid back from Sale High School is “dripping in sweat” and feeling sick because she wasn’t allowed to take off her jacket all day.
The student told her mother that only a few teachers allow children to remove them in class, while others have stated that it is school policy to wear them at all times.
The school in Sale, Trafford, is far from alone in its position, and a parent called the Manchester Evening News to urge schools to drop the strict rule and consider the risks to children.
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“As a health worker I think it’s disappointing that schools don’t take children’s health seriously,” the mother said.
“I think it is outrageous that children across the UK have to wear jackets in schools where temperatures are expected to reach 27C.
“My daughter came home sweating, dizzy and feeling ill, only to learn that she is not allowed to wear the jacket in and around school classes, and to add that only a select group of teachers allow them in the classroom.”
She added: “I understand the school’s policy and agree that the uniform is standard, but for the safety of the children there are ways to get around this.
“I feel that if the weather in the UK gets above 25 degrees and there is no air conditioning, I think jackets should be optional. I also feel small changes like the PE range would be much better and cooler.
“Knowing that even teachers wear summer clothes while kids sit in jackets and some of them even in pants for six hours plus is infuriating.”
After taking it up with the school, along with other parents, she said pupils were told on Thursday they could take them off.
But she wants to change policy at Sale High and other schools to avoid similar scenarios in the future.
“Children in school are risking their health and education in order to adhere to the dress code,” she said. “However, if you take your child out, you will be fined. I strongly believe that health education should keep this in mind, not only for high schools, but pre-schools and nurseries as well.
“They finally agreed that jackets can be taken off, but I feel this should not be a one-off only, it should be a consistent policy across all school settings.
“If the temperature exceeds 25 degrees, students should not ask to take off the jacket if it is too hot, this should be the subjective opinion and judgment of the child – the child should not be forced to wear a jacket or disclose hazards or notify them.
“I would agree in the UK that we don’t have such heat regularly, but when we do it can hit higher temperatures. This is something that needs to be addressed and brought to the attention of all sectors of education.”
Sale High’s uniform policy states: “We believe that wearing a uniform helps create a sense of community and equality among students, while creating the school as a work environment.
“In a large school, it is also helpful for students to wear a uniform for security reasons. A uniform removes the distractions that an individual’s style of dress may cause and allows students to focus on learning.”
On the list of items parents are expected to purchase, it states: “Naval School Jacket with Sale High School Badge (mandatory item to be worn at all times).
The Manchester Evening News has contacted the school for comment.
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